Last year, a 32-year-old single mother from Ibagué, Colombia, jumped off of a 330-foot bridge while holding her son, taking both of their lives in the process. The incident took place on February 7, 2019, at the La Variante Bridge, in the community area of Tolima, Ibagué. Bystanders were unable to do anything to help, but some managed to record some video footage and take some photos of those final moments.
According to investigators, the mother, Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz was in the midst of a financial crisis and had been recently kicked out of her home. With no resources to rent a new place to stay, her and her son became homeless for a period of time, and she spiraled into a deep d-epression. Feeling like she had nowhere else to turn, Cruz made the tragic decision to take her own life, and to take her child with her.
Local reporters who were on the scene said that the young boy was pleading with his mother not to jump in the minutes before she made the plunge. An ambulance quickly arrived on the scene but sadly there was nothing that anyone could do but pull the bodies out of the water. A joint funeral later took place for both the mother and her son.
Investigators say that Cruz was being threatened by loan sharks and left behind a s-uicide note that elaborated on the events that led up to her decision.
Her letter stated that:
“I cannot tolerate the idea that somebody could hurt you because of what I did, I prefer that we leave and forget this world. I have no hope, I have been defeated and humiliated. The man who told me he loved me left me alone, very alone. They all left me with nothing, everything I worked for, everything I lived for, all I loved, all I gave, it was snatched away in an instant. My mistake was to trust the wrong people. I failed the person I love most in my life, I cannot afford to pay for his studies, I do not even have enough money to give him hot food. I have placed him in danger and I am sorry for failing you, son. Every day is more difficult and filled with threats, debt, and lack of love. I cannot do it anymore. I will be told I am a coward, but only God knows the distress of being terrified that someone will hurt you because of me. If only somebody could help me, but who can lend me the money or even a home? There is nobody. The world is dangerous and I cannot protect you. Every day is grey. My heart beats with anxiety. I cry with frustration and impotence. I am a loser. This time I will not fail you, my son. Nobody will hurt us anymore.”
Nearly 800,000 people die by s-uicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. S-uicide is the 2nd leading cause of d-eath in the world for those aged 15-24 years. S-uicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 18th leading cause of death in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.
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